2016 March

Spa Safro: A Comfortable Capsule Hotel and Onsen in Sapporo’s Susukino District!

Capsule hotels are a uniquely Japanese accommodation that everyone visiting Japan should experience at some point. The problem with being female is we, unfortunately, don’t have as many options as most are for men only. Sapporo’s Spa Safro was my choice for my first Capsule Hotel experience and it didn’t disappoint. Checking In facebook.com/ As…

5 Reasons Yotsubato is the Best Manga for Learning Japanese

Hello future fluent Japanese speaker! So you’ve learned katakana, mastered hiragana, and studied your way through an introductory textbook like Genki or Minna no Nihongo. What’s next? It’s time to start reading native Japanese materials. But what to read? Children’s books are boring and just looking at the pages of kanji in a novel can…

Watch the Boat Racers Speed Around a Lake During a Kyotei Race!

One of the few legal forms of gambling in Japan is officially known as “Kyotei”, a type of boat racing. It is a hydroplane racing event that was introduced in the country in 1952. Every day, thousands of people go to stadiums to watch the sports event which gives them a chance to win or…

Experience the Mystic Charm of Iwaya Caves on Enoshima

Enoshima is a small island at the mouth of the Katase River in Kanagawa Prefecture. Nestled in place are caves called “Iwaya” which have been eroded by tides over thousands of years. It has quite a long history with its first ever recorded historical document in 552 AD. It then became a tourist spot for…

Board This Golden ”Sweet Train” and Experience the Wonders of Kyushu!

Imagine a train that is completely covered in gold. Now imagine that train being filled with all of your favorite sweets in the world. There you go. Now you have an image of the ARU Train aka the Sweet Train. jrkyushu-aruressha.jp This Sweet Train is the brainchild of the Kyushu Train Company and J.G. Brill…
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